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STANDARD ROTARACT CLUB
CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I — Name
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ARTICLE II — Purpose and Goals
The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the
knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and
social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide
through a framework of friendship and service.

Goals

The goals of Rotaract are:
1. To develop professional and leadership skills;
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of all useful occupations;
3. To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community
and our world;
4. To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs;
5. To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.

ARTICLE III — Sponsorship
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Rotary Club
Sponsorship

its Rotarians, the number of which shall be determined by the club, shall provide guidance and
have supportive responsibility for this Rotaract club. The continued well-being of this club shall
depend on the continued active personal participation of the sponsoring Rotary club.
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university or other institution of higher education is located within the vicinity of the sponsoring
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not a part of, and neither this club nor its members have any rights or privileges with respect to,
the sponsoring Rotary club.
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4. In the event that the sponsoring Rotary club is terminated, the governor of the Rotary district
will seek to install another sponsoring Rotary club; if one cannot be found within 180 days, the
Rotaract club will be terminated.

ARTICLE IV — Membership
Membership
Qualifications

1. The membership of this club shall consist of young men and women of good character and
leadership potential between the ages of 18 and 30.* It is recommended, but not mandated, that
there be a minimum of 15 charter members when chartering a new club.
2. The method of electing members of this club shall be determined by this club in consultation
with the sponsoring Rotary club. The method of electing new members of university-based**
Rotaract clubs shall have the approval of the appropriate authorities.
3. Each member of this Rotaract club shall attend at least 60% of the club’s regularly scheduled
meetings annually, provided that absence from a regularly scheduled meeting of the club may be
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**As used in this constitution, the term “university” is intended to include all institutions of higher education.

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made up as follows: any member absent from a regular meeting of this club may make up such
absence by attendance at a regular meeting of any other Rotaract club or any Rotary club on any
day of the two weeks immediately preceding or following the day of the absence, or attendance
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4. All Rotary Foundation scholars, who are within the age guidelines adopted by the board for the
Rotaract program, shall be eligible for guest Rotaract club membership during the period of their
study in another country.
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years old.
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members in good standing.

ARTICLE V — Meetings
Bimonthly
Meetings

1. The club shall meet not less than twice per month, as provided in the by-laws, at a time suited to
the convenience of the members.
2. The board of directors shall meet as provided in the by-laws.
3. Rotary International recommends each sponsoring Rotary club to designate one or more
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4. Meetings of the club and of the board of directors may be cancelled during holiday or vacation
periods at the discretion of the board of directors. The board may cancel a regular meeting if it
falls on a legal holiday or in case of the death of a club member, an epidemic, a disaster affecting
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club members. The board may cancel not more than four regular meetings in a year for causes
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consecutive meetings.
5. Minutes of the meetings of the club and board of directors shall be provided to the chair of the
sponsor Rotary club’s Rotaract committee within two weeks after each meeting is held.

ARTICLE VI — Officers and Directors
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Governing Body

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2. The governing body of this club shall be a board of directors composed of the president,
immediate past president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and additional directors whose
number shall be determined by this club, all to be elected from among the members in good
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provisions of this constitution and policy established by Rotary International and its members.


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university.



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members present and in good standing be required for elections.

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leadership training from the district Rotaract committee.

ARTICLE VII — Activities and Projects
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Objective

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to serve the community and the other to promote international understanding, and each shall
involve all or most of the members of the club.
3. This club shall provide for a professional development program for its members.
4. It is the responsibility of the club to raise the funds necessary to carry out its program. It shall
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Rotary club, nor shall it make general solicitations from Rotary clubs other than its sponsoring
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ARTICLE VIII — Committees
Committees

1. There shall be provided in the by-laws of this club the following standing committees; club
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other standing committees as may be deemed necessary or convenient for the administration of
the club.
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may deem necessary, citing their duties at the time of appointment. All such special committees
shall lapse upon the completion of their duties, upon discharge by the appointing president, or
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ARTICLE IX — Fees
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Fees

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2. Any fees, dues, or assessments on the membership of the club shall be nominal and shall only be
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undertaken by the club shall be raised apart from such fees, dues, or assessments and shall be
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ARTICLE X — Acceptance of Constitution and By-Laws
Constitution

Every member of the club, by acceptance of membership, thereby accepts the principles of Rotaract
as expressed in its purpose and goals and agrees to comply with the constitution and by-laws of
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absolved from the observance of the constitution and by-laws on the plea that a copy of them has
not been received.

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ARTICLE XI — Standard By-Laws
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Standard By-Laws

are not inconsistent with this constitution and which may be deemed necessary or convenient for
the government of the club, provided that such amendments are adopted in accordance with the
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ARTICLE XII — Rotaract Emblem
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Rotaract Emblem

members. Each member of this club shall be entitled to wear or otherwise display the Rotaract
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entitlement shall be relinquished upon termination of membership or termination of this club.
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with the emblem.

ARTICLE XIII — Duration
Duration of Club

This club shall exist so long as it continues to function in accordance with the provisions of
this constitution and policy relating to Rotaract established by Rotary International, or until it is
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club upon withdrawal of its sponsorship, after consultation with the district governor and district
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constitution or for other cause.
Upon termination of this club, all rights and privileges relating to the Rotaract name and emblem
shall be relinquished by the club and by its members individually and collectively. The Rotaract club
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ARTICLE XIV — Administration
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Amendment

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STANDARD ROTARACT CLUB
BY-LAWS
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ARTICLE I — Elections
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held annually prior to 1 March. A Rotaract club year is the same as a Rotary club year. Those
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shall be elected.
3. In addition to president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer there shall be elected directors.

ARTICLE II — Duties of Officers
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Official Duties

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committees and, in the event of a vacancy in the board of directors, shall, with the approval of
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sponsor club and the district Rotaract representative to ensure they are continually informed of
all actions taken by the club.
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of the latter for whatever cause, and, in the absence of the president, shall preside at all meetings
of the club and of the board.
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meetings of the club and board of directors, and provide copies of such to the chair of the
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4. Treasurer. The treasurer shall have custody of all club funds, maintaining all necessary records
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inspection by any club member. All disbursements shall be by check and with the signature of
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ARTICLE III — Meetings
Quorum
Requirement

1. Meetings of the club shall be not less than twice a month, and meetings of the board not less
than once a month, at a time suited to the convenience of the membership.
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meeting of the club. Any four members of the board, one of whom must be the president or vicepresident, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board.

ARTICLE IV — Fees and Dues
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Fees and Dues

2. All fees and dues must be paid before a member will be considered in good standing.

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ARTICLE V — Committees
Committee
Duties

The president, with the approval of the board of directors, shall appoint the following standing
committees:
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fellowship, public relations, and such other matters as may be deemed appropriate.
2. International service. This committee shall be charged with primary responsibility for
enhancing knowledge and understanding of worldwide needs, problems, and opportunities
and developing activities to give service for promoting international understanding and
goodwill toward all people.
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and understanding of community needs, problems and opportunities, and for formulating
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designed to provide information about a wide cross-section of businesses and professions
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professional life.
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requiring funds, in cooperation with the appropriate committee.
The international service and community service committees shall each have the duty of initiating
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membership.

ARTICLE VI — Amendments


Amendments

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regular or special meeting of the club at which a quorum is present, provided notice of
intention to call such a vote is given at least fourteen days earlier at a meeting of the club at
which a quorum is present, and provided such amendment is approved by the sponsoring
Rotary club.



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The Board regularly reviews and amends, as necessary, the Rotaract Statement of
Policy, Standard Rotaract Club Constitution, and Standard Rotaract Club Bylaws.
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the most recent policy:
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